As part of our 2015 Backcountry Experience Series in partnership with Dynafit, Diamond Peak Ski Area and Tahoe Mountain School we bring you Nachtspektakel! Hire a sitter if you have to – you don’t want to miss this fun night of good food, drinks and skiing with comrades. Start your evening with a skin up to Snowflake Lodge at Diamond Peak, where you will partake in a delicious catered meal with both new and familiar faces. The Snowflake Lodge is one of the best places to watch a Tahoe sunset, with an incredible view of the lake and surrounding mountains. Conclude this wonderful evening with a ski back down under the stars!
When: Friday, January 31 from 2 to 9 p.m. Where: Diamond Peak Ski Area Tickets: $45 – Click Here To Sign Up What you get: Two hours of lift served skiing, a guided skin up the mountain, dinner and drinks, and a private, nighttime ski down on fresh corduroy that Diamond Peak will groom especially for us!
Bring a headlamp and dress warmly. Comfortable shoes or sandals are recommended for dinner indoors. One beer, wine or will drink is included – the bar will be open if you care for more.
Tahoe Mountain Sports, in partnership with Diamond Peak Ski Resort, Dynafit and Tahoe Mountain School are proud to announce the 2015 Backcountry Experience. This guided backcountry tour will explore terrain in Diamond Peak’s Golden Eagle Bowl. Open to intermediate and advanced skiers and riders, the Backcountry Experience Series is designed to provide a safe and welcoming introduction to backcountry skiing and boarding.
Never used backcountry equipment before? This is your opportunity to try out Dynafit touring gear before purchasing. Want to learn about avalanche hazards and techniques for avoiding them? All tours will be lead by experienced guides from the Tahoe Mountain School, (the best resource for professional education for backcountry enthusiasts in the Tahoe Truckee region).
Interested in learning the most efficient uphill skinning methods? Or, perhaps you simply want to meet new people and enjoy un-skied terrain in a fun, controlled environment. A Backcountry Experience tour in Diamond Peak’s secluded Eagle Bowl is a great way to earn your turns and experience Diamond Peak in a whole new way.
Jan 3, Feb 7, Feb 21 and March 14, 2015
*$150 tour package includes a partial-day lift ticket, full Dynafit backcountry ski equipment rental and professional guiding services. *$135 (for Diamond Peak season pass holders) *$100 (for those that own alpine touring equipment)
Any changes made due to winter weather will be announced within 24 hours of tour departure.
Your Tahoe Mountain School guide has many years of experience and the best certifications and will ensure you have a safe and enjoyable day in the Diamond Peak backcountry.
Diamond Peak Ski Resort is located in Incline Village, Nevada on the scenic north shore of Lake Tahoe with amazing views of world famous Lake Tahoe. Diamond Peak offers skiers and boarders 30 runs and a 1,840-foot vertical drop with beginner to advanced terrain. Connect with Diamond Peak on Facebook , Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube, visit www.diamondpeak.com or call (775) 832-1177.
Admit it: you’re either a ski bum at-heart, you acted like one before you got a ‘real job’, or you’re personally close to a ski bum. If you’re literally close to a ski bum, ask them what type of gifts they’d want for the holidays in the off-chance somebody bought them something both cool and useful. I’ll bet their response would stem from one or more of these factors: winter sports gear, warm winter clothes or tools/gadgets only an outdoor enthusiast could truly appreciate.
I actually did it. I asked three ski bums who work at Tahoe Mountain Sports what they would pick from the store if they could choose three items of separate values: <$25, <$75 and <$300. This gear gift guide is sure to align with the holiday wishes of a ski bum in your life:
Meaghen has a serious fashion sense and it’s obvious when you meet her. She’s always sporting a new style, even at work, and we knew we could count on her to present some quality women’s gift ideas.
I really like to make sure all of my friends and family’s birthdays are on my calendar and HippyTree Clothing makes awesome clothing for a relaxed outdoor lifestyle, so this 2015 wall calendar is a must have for the upcoming year!
Comfort is key and the FineForm Bra from Moving Comfort really dialed it in with this piece. Whether I am out on the trails or working, this bra has an adjustable and soft, padded back closure that makes me forget its even there!
Style meets functionality in this modern, classy pair of ski pants from FlyLow Gear (and I can’t go a day on the mountain without them). Incorporating a slim fit that flatters, the women’s FlyLow Gear Chione Ski Pants are an optimal winter choice with 2-layer Intuitive stretch twill, reinforced knees and a breathable waterproof membrane.
Todd handles all things tech for Tahoe Mountain Sports, so we weren’t surprised when he asked for a solar powered product, a comfortable shirt to work and play in and a new helmet to keep that brain working in top shape.
The original Luci Lantern was awesome enough, but now it comes in color! Compact, lightweight, solar powered, all-night battery life, 8 color presets and disco mode. Fun lighting for a backyard barbecue, a great beacon for nighttime rendezvous, after dark trail marker, TTITD, backcountry dance party, and a million other uses.
Tahoe Mountain Sports Ambassador Aaron Finley (Ph: Sara Surgen)
TMS Ambassador Aaron Finley recently joined the team and was happy to share one of his many adventures with us. Welcome aboard Aaron! Follow him on Instagram at @fin_dizzled
To some, the doldrums of the slow season can provoke thoughts of under employment, penny pinching, and day dreaming of upcoming powder days. I have to admit that I suffered with these sentiments in my early days in Tahoe. That is, until I started to properly save and explore the Southwest to fill the gap. Utah’s Moab area possesses all the elements required for a first-rate climbing destination: expansive open terrain, limitless free camping, lawlessness, and millions of exquisite splitter cracks. From the towers of Castle Valley, the boulders of Big Bend, to the endless splitters of Indian Creek there is something for every climber.
Exum Mountain Guide Dan Corn exhibiting his ability to lay back.
Obtaining our trip permit from the Forest Service in Mammoth Lakes (Ph: Mike Tebbutt)
TMS Ambassador Mike Tebbutt recently hiked an 80-mile section of the John Muir Trail (entering via Duck Pass in the Mammoth Lakes and exiting over Bishop Pass)! The following is his report on this re-imagined hiking adventure. Follow Mike on Instagram at @irontebby
The lackluster start to our ski season and the amazing Indian Summer that we experienced this early winter, left me reminiscing of the many great days I’ve had on the trails this past year. While I enjoy my solo excursions and really love getting out there friends, it is long backpacking trips in the High Sierra with my wife that excites me most in the summer months.
This post comes from Chris Cloyd, a TMS Ambassador and lover of endurance sports. When Chris isn’t training for his next big race or out exploring the Eastern Sierra on foot or bike, he’s managing the Performance Training Center by Julia Mancuso. Watch for more race reports, gear reviews and fun reading from Chris and other Ambassadors of Tahoe Mountain Sports.
A perfect day to bag four peaks!
I’ll always remember this past summer fondly, and with great reverence. This was the season that redefined sport and what is possible (for me) in the mountains. It was an exciting season, and one that I look forward to building on in 2015 and beyond. By far the most ambitious day on my calendar was October 19th, 2014 – a planned single-push assault on Mt. Carrillon, Mt. Russell, Mt. Whitney, and Mt. Muir in one day.
We care about your investment as much as you! If you have a jacket that has seen cleaner and brighter days, take a photo of it and enter to win some Nikwax Wash-In care!
What You Can Win
Nikwax TX.DIRECT WASH-IN (Wash-in waterproofing for wet weather clothing) Packet.
How to Enter
Share your dirty jacket photos on Instagram with the hashtag #DirtyJacket and tag @tahoemountainsports, and @nikwaxna. The top five photos will win a two-use packet of Nikwax TX.DIRECT WASH-IN waterproofing.
Tahoe Mountain Sports will pick a winner on December 12 and notify them by leaving comment on Instagram. Winner will be asked to provide shipping information via email.
Winning photos based on cool factor (creativity/relevance), not necessarily the highest quality image or number of likes. Let’s see what you’ve got! Anyone who has a dirty jacket and can take a photo (or have their friend take one) is encouraged to enter
WFA is an entry level, 2 day first aid course for those who pursue outdoor activities. This course is ideal for backcountry users including
skiers, climbers, mountaineers, hikers, and pilots. Includes WFA & CPR Card and also meets requirements for a Wilderness First Responder Refresher Course.
Dates: Dec 6th & 7th, 2014 Location: Tahoe Mountain Sports 11200 #5 Donner Pass Road Truckee, CA 96161 Cost: WFA Course $250
Register at www.TahoeMountainSchool.com Or call (530) 414-5295 When: December 6th, 2014 8:00 AM through December 7th, 2014 4:00 PM Phone: 530-414-5295 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Join the Wilderness First Aid/CPR Course 12/6-12/7!
In this course you will learn to deal with medical emergencies when help is miles away and dialing 911 is not an option. This course is the choice of many recreational skiers, climbers, mountaineers and anyone who ventures into the backcountry. Basic first aid skills will be taught in the classroom and practiced hands-on in the outdoor environment. We will prepare you for emergency situations that involve prolonged patient care, severe environments, and improvised equipment. This course also meets the requirements for a WFR refresher.
Lecture and discussion, practical exercise and outdoor scenarios help students gain confidence, and encourage the development of critical decision making skills. After successful completion students are certified for 2 years by the American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI), a nationally recognized organization.
Skills covered will include:
Recognizing and treating shock
Bandaging and bleeding control
Splinting fractures, sprains and dislocations
Assessing head and spinal injuries
Recognizing altitude sickness
Identifying various medical problems
Using non-standard and improvised equipment
Includes ASHI WFA & CPR Card: $250
Click HERE for the full line-up of upcoming courses through Tahoe Mountain Sports!
The following trip report and gear review is brought to you by Kevin Snow of Tahoe Mountain Sports:
“I should have bought another banana,” I thought as I turned onto Highway 140, entering the Merced River Valley. I wasn’t sure how long the drive was going to take me, and I’d hastily misjudged my morning hunger level as I flew through the gas station just outside of Lee Vinning hours earlier. “I heard there’s a pizza place down there somewhere,” I remember thinking, when all of a sudden, I realized what was happening, my car slowed, and a tear came to my eye. I had just entered the Yosemite Valley and what had just come into view was one of natures’ most awe inspiring, grand, and massive gifts of beauty, towering three thousand feet above the valley floor. I stood before El Capitan, in all of its majesty, in pure astonishment, as I contemplated not only the massive geologic events it would have taken to make this gargantuan monolith, but the amount of monumental historic events for the climbing world that have taken place on its walls and in its shadow. I felt like an ant. All of a sudden the world had been pulled into perspective for me, I felt small in it, and another tear came to my eye.
The gang at the trailhead in Camp 4 in front of Midnight Lighting. The iconic bouldering problem is defined by the chalk lightning bolt in the background, and has been kept up by climbers outlining it in chalk for 3 and a half decades.
What: Tahoe Mountain Sports in association with Coalition Snow are offering 6 scholarships for SAFE AS Clinics. See rules for entry below! Winners provide their own transport to/from the clinics, and their own avalanche safety gear if they have access to it, but everything else is included. Winners will also receive a base layer courtesy of Helly Hansen.
Ladies Night at Tahoe Mountain Sports (on Saturday, November 22) with Michelle Parker will include a raffle to help raise funds for SAFE AS scholarships. Learn more here: http://goo.gl/7yiTdV
Who: Women and girls, ages 14 and up who want to get SAFE AS and might need a little boost to help get there
– What does being able to ski and/or snowboard safely mean to you?
Post a photo on Instagram showing why you are your best, strongest self in the mountains! Tag #gettingSAFEAS @tahoemountainsports, @coalitionsnow, @hellyhansen and the resort where you’d like to attend the clinic (including which date if there’s one in particular)–either @squawalpine, @crystalmountain, @stevenspass, or @coppermtn. Be sure to include the above tags so we can repost some of your awesomeness. Winners will be chosen by the SAFE AS crew and Tahoe Mountain Sports. If you don’t have Instagram, please email us a photo. SAFE AS and Tahoe Mountain Sports reserve the right to re-use your entry photo.
About SAFE AS (Skiers Advocating and Fostering Education for Avalanche and Snow Safety): Created by Elyse Saugstad, Jackie Paaso, Lel Tone, Michelle Parker, Ingrid Backstrom, and Sherry McConkey, the SAFE AS clinics goal is to heighten community snow safety and avalanche awareness by hosting women’s intro to avalanche safety workshops. These leading ladies of skiing hope to foster an open, welcoming environment by which to encourage participation and communication.
“By sharing their own mistakes, uncertainties, and bad decisions, these women taught us that it’s okay to be unsure, and that we all will make close calls at some point—and that’s alright. They also taught us that those close calls are a chance to learn exactly what not to do, and go out smarter and safer the next time.” – SAFE AS Clinic Participant – Abbie Barronian from Powder.com
The Best Black Friday Weekend Deals Are at Tahoe Mountain Sports Don’t Get Trampled by the Crowds – Shop Local in Truckee, CA
What: Unbelievable Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday Shopping Deals When: Friday, November 28 – Monday December 1 | Doors & Shopping Specials: 9:30 a.m. | Doors Close: 6:00 p.m. Where: Tahoe Mountain Sports, 11200 Donner Pass Rd. E5 Truckee, CA 96161 (Safeway Shopping Center)
Beat the lines and get out on the slopes or trails with the best deals this Black Friday Weekend at Tahoe Mountain Sports! Don’t miss out on the best selection of top outdoor items for the holidays from your local backcountry gear headquarters: Tahoe Mountain Sports conveniently located in the Safeway Shopping Center in Truckee, CA. Pick up some fashionable clothing, multi-purpose footwear, or choose from the best mountain accessories in the region.
If you explore the backcountry on skis, board or sled, or if you’re considering it as a new pastime, you don’t want to miss the FREE, three-part Avalanche Education Series at Tahoe Mountain Sports. Three separate, fun and educational events will bring the Tahoe-Truckee backcountry community together for experiences like no other, valued at: priceless. The cost to the public: free.
PART ONE: Weds. Nov. 19 “Begin with Your Beacon” Presented by Ortovox with AIARE Instructor Tom Carter
Raffle(s): Participants can enter TWO raffles, both benefiting the Sierra Avalanche Center. The first raffle is a series-long raffle (to be drawn on Feb. 5, 2014) that includes a Mammut Protection Airbag Backpack AND thousands of dollars worth of avalanche safety gear. The second raffle will be for Ortovox avalanche rescue gear including beacons, probes, shovels and more!
Location: Tahoe Mountain Sports, 11200 Donner Pass Rd. – 5E, Truckee, CA 96161 (In the Safeway shopping center)
Here are some great resources on avalanche safety:
“The Human Factor” | Photo: Jason Hummel
The Human Factor is often the turning point where things go wrong. Check out this series via Powder Magazine (written by David Page) on how staying safe in the backcountry isn’t just about assessing the snowpack; it also requires managing your own innate vulnerability to making poor choices. Live now, Chapter 1 , Chapter Two, Chapter Three, Chapter Four and Chapter Five of The Human Factor pres. by Black Diamond Equipment Ltd. #HumanFactor
AVALANCHE ENGINEERS is the story of two scientists who delve deep into the mysteries of the snowpack to find out how a snowflake becomes an avalanche. Filmed in Bozeman, Montana, this mini-doc takes you on a journey from the micro intricacies of snowflake structure to the massive mountainsides where this force of nature reigns.
Featuring David Walters and Tony Lebaron. Music by Grant Mason.
A program service of the High Fives Non-Profit Foundation, B.A.S.I.C.S. is designed to promote safety and awareness through world-class fundamentals coaching and education. The second in a series of five videos, the Avalanche Awareness video is intended to help those who ski, snowboard or snowmobile in the back country be better equipped and safe while being aware of the inherent dangers with such activities.
Key things to know to enjoy the back country and come home safe:
1. Get Educated. Learn about avalanche safety by taking a class.
2. Know your skills, know your surroundings. Check out forecasts for weather and conditions before you go.
3. Have the proper equipment and know how to use it (avalanche transceiver, probe, shovel, and airbag).
4. Never travel alone. Always ride with partners in a group and have a plan.
5. If you don’t feel comfortable, don’t go. There is always tomorrow when using good judgement.
Imagine if there were zero avalanche deaths each year in the United States—on average, that would mean 28 lives saved. A group of avalanche safety professionals is making bold attempts to drastically reduce avalanche fatalities in this country and to get there, they’re looking in an unlikely place: a Swedish automobile law from the 1990s.
In 1997, the Swedish Parliament approved a law called Vision Zero, which called for a complete shift in road planning, driver behavior, law enforcement and car manufacturing with the hopes of reaching zero automobile deaths by 2020. Shockingly, the plan is working.